Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines kicks and acrobatic movements to music and song to form a playful fight/game. Developed by slaves in Brazil, it is now a widespread art form all over the world and a UNESCO cultural intangible heritage.
The society is set up to introduce students to this beautiful art form - martial arts techniques, elements of dance, and music - to practice weekly and to pass on information about Capoeira classes both within and outside the university. We are small group, which means that you will very quickly form friendships with everyone involved. Capoeira has a special way of bringing people together.
The society holds weekly classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, mixing capoeira, music and maculele. Beginners are always welcome! We generally train alongside Exeter group Capoeira Libertaçao.
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BLACK LIVES MATTER
Capoeira, as an exercise, tradition and social movement, has its roots deeply ingrained within injustice. We cannot simply engage with the fitness benefits of the martial art without first acknowledging the Angolan slaves who suffered to create this beautiful style of movement. We cannot simply sing these songs created by the masters over 100 years ago without understanding what these lyrics mean to the very same people who wrote them. Capoeira is at its best when it is at its most inclusive, when people of all races and ages can live this tradition together. As a way of living it is uniquely and fundamentally anti-racist and, more topically, a proponent of both black and Latin-American culture. It is for this reason that Exeter University Capoeira Society stands with the Black Lives Matter movement in light of not only recent events, but also the long history of oppression and racism (both implicit and explicit) that has plagued society for generations. We aim as a club to continue exploring and respecting the heritage of Capoeira for many years to follow.
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